Frequently Asked Questions – The Bay Area Addiction Detox Center
WHAT IS AN ADDICTION?
Addiction is a disease that is characterized by the compulsive use of a particular substance such as drugs or alcohol. The continued use of a substance affects the brain’s chemistry and can interfere with daily life and personal relationships. Dependence on a substance can often lead the user to voluntary engage in destructive behavior the substance.
When dealing with substance abuse, common signs that addiction is developing are an inability to cease use of a substance despite negative consequences, increased irritability and/or the presence of withdrawal symptoms.
WHAT SPECIFIC ADDICTIONS DO WE TREAT?
We treat all forms of substance abuse issues. The most common are:
- Opiates – Heroin, Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco), Percocet, Tramadol, Fentanyl, Morphine, Kraton, Methadone.
- Benzodiazepines – Valium, Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin, and benzodiazepine-like drugs including Ambien, Lunesta, etc.
- Methamphetamines, and cocaine.
WHAT IS MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT?
We work diligently to provide our patients with the most current medical treatments in the field and utilize medication-assisted treatment (MAT). We use medications to decrease the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms as well as to decrease medical risks and prevent relapse.
WHY CAN’T I JUST STOP USING DRUGS?
You cannot just ‘snap out of it.’ A lot of people are told to ‘just stop.’ Can one just stop having high blood pressure or diabetes? No. On a chemical level, your brain has become wired to depend on your drug of choice (hence the term ‘chemical dependency’), which makes stopping difficult. In over 90% of cases, people who are categorized as addicts will relapse within the 6-12 months when attempting an abstinence-only base approach. Many have gone through repeated cyclical relapses and can’t do it alone. We as addiction specialists understand and address the root causes of addiction. That is why we prioritize and find out why a person starts using.
Often, there are also underlying reasons that drive an addict to use, such as early addressed. This is not always the case, but it is very common. In order to stay clean, the underlying causes of substance abuse need to be identified and treated. Relapse is not your failure. It is part of the powerful disease. To address the triggers of relapse is the key to success. Therapy and medications to treat anxiety and depression can also be helpful in the healing process.
WHY IS DETOX IMPORTANT?
Medical detoxification decreases the pain and discomfort of withdrawal. Detoxing on your own can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening. Even in the mildest causes of substance abuse, the pain and discomfort that occur with detoxification and withdrawal often lead to failure to complete the detoxification, ultimately leading to relapse. We provide understandable, compassionate, and supportive care to each patient. We don’t just treat the disease, we treat the whole person.
WHY IS OUR DETOXIFICATION PROGRAM BETTER THAN OTHERS?
1. We are specialists in addiction medicine and internal medicine.
2. Our strongest tool is to ensure that the patient has structured aftercare management. The real struggle begins when the patient leaves the doctor’s office and must face life obstacles that may trigger a relapse.
HOW CONFIDENTIAL IS THE PROGRAM?
Our outpatient detox program is 100% confidential and private. We do not use electronic medical records for our outpatient detox program. Your records are completely secure.
Our program is private, confidential and provides complete anonymity!
HOW LONG IS THE TREATMENT PROCESS?
Our program allows you to detox in 3-7 days in the comfort of your own home. This means you don’t have to put your life on hold. It is a deal for people without insurance and those that want a safe, effective alternative to expensive hospitalization.
If drugs or alcohol have taken over your life, we are here to help you get it back!
HOW SOON CAN I START?
We can start your outpatient treatment program right away.
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
Yes. We accept all major credit cards. We also offer options for financing.